Jenn's Bookish Ramblings

Ramblings, some bookish, others not, of a book-obsessed mom of two! Visit my blog-www.jennsbookshelves.com to learn more about me and my bookish tastes!
When I had nowhere else to go, I came back here. When I had nothing, I came back here. I came back here and made something of nothing…no one here cares about anything other than your work ethic and your kindness and your competence. I came back here and I found my voice, like something that had fallen out of my pocket, like a souvenir long forgotten. And every time I come back here I am surrounded by people who love me, who care for me, who protect me like a tent of warmth. Here, I can hear things, the world throbs differently, silence thrums like a chord strummed eons ago, music in the aspen trees and in the firs and burr oaks and even in the dying corn.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
To take his blade and cut into the pages of a book felt like such a taboo, such a transgression against everything he held dear, George still half-expected them to bleed every time he did it. He loved physical books with the same avidity other people loved horses or wine or prog rock…what was more perfect an object than a book? The different rags of paper, smooth or rough under your fingers. The edge of the paper pressed into your thumbprint as you turned a new chapter. The way your bookmark — fancy, modest, scrap paper, candy wrapper — moved through the width of it, marking your progress, a little further each time you folded it shut.
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

So, at about 11:30 last night I decided, with 6.5 books (1956 pages) read that it was a good stopping point for me. By then, I was getting quite sleepy and the words on the page were starting to dance in front of me. I knew if I continued, I wouldn’t remember a word of what I read. What’s the point of reading a book if you can’t remember it?

Following are the titles I completed:

NAOMI by Douglas Clegg
ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux
THE RAVEN’S GIFT by Don Rearden
THE GATES by John Connolly
GIRL OF NIGHTMARES by Kendare Blake
RED QUEEN DIES by Frankie Bailey

A COLD MIND by David Lindsey (halfway completed).

Overall, I think i had a pretty successful readathon. I loved all the books I picked (some more than others) and overall had a great time!

Currently reading: A COLD MIND (just starting)
Books finished: THE RED QUEEN DIES, NAOMI, GIRL OF NIGHTMARES, THE RAVEN’S GIFT, THE GATES, ASYLUM
Pages read: 310
Running total of pages read: 1794
Amount of time spent reading: 2 hours
Running total of time spent reading: 12 hours, 40 minutes
Snacks: Tea! Goobers (chocolate covered peanuts)!

Progress so far since last update:

Currently reading: ASYLUM (just starting)
Books finished: THE RED QUEEN DIES, NAOMI, GIRL OF NIGHTMARES, THE RAVEN’S GIFT, THE GATES
Pages read: 293
Running total of pages read: 1484
Amount of time spent reading: 1 hour, 40 mins.
Running total of time spent reading: 10 hours, 40 minutes
Snacks: Coffee!

Progress so far since last update:

Currently reading: THE GATES (just starting)
Books finished: THE RED QUEEN DIES, NAOMI, GIRL OF NIGHTMARES, THE RAVEN’S GIFT
Pages read: 275
Running total of pages read: 1191
Amount of time spent reading: 2.5 hrs
Running total of time spent reading: 9 hours
Snacks: Dinner! Pizza rolls & green bean fries

My reading location has changed. Now that the husband has taken over the living room to watch college football, I’ve moved to our library/office and currently reading from the comfort of my reading chair!

With previous readathons, I updated every two hours. To eliminate that pressure, I think I’m going to update every time I finish a book!f

Progress so far since last update:

Currently reading: THE RAVEN’S GIFT (just starting!)
Books finished: THE RED QUEEN DIES, NAOMI, GIRL OF NIGHTMARES
Pages read: 136
Running total of pages read: 916
Amount of time spent reading: 1 hour
Running total of time spent reading: 6.5 hours
Snacks: sweet potato tortilla chips

My reading pace has declined a bit due to my two lovely boys who, instead of joining me in the readathon, have crashed on the couch next to me to play Minecraft. Not to worry; I’ve banished them and have an hour to read until the husband takes over the living room to watch college football!


Progress so far since last update:

Currently reading: GIRL OF NIGHTMARES
Books finished: THE RED QUEEN DIES, NAOMI
Pages read: 196
Running total of pages read: 780
Amount of time spent reading: 1.5 hours
Running total of time spent reading: 5.5 hours
Snacks: salami & cheese, sweet potato tortilla chips

It’s now about 12:30, four and a half hours in to the readathon. I’m making good progress, just finishing my second book. I’m taking a few minute break to start some laundry before I start the third book!

Progress so far:

Currently reading: GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (just started)
Books finished: THE RED QUEEN DIES, NAOMI
Pages read: 344
Running total of pages read: 584
Amount of time spent reading: 2 hours
Running total of time spent reading: 4 hours
Snacks: Lunch! Ravioli (at the boys’ request!)

Currently reading: Naomi by Douglas Clegg (just started)
Books finished: The Red Queen Dies
Pages read: 240
Running total of pages read: 240
Amount of time spent reading: 2 hours
Running total of time spent reading: 2 hours